Quote of the week

A few months ago, author William Gumede described Zuma as someone with a narcissistic personality disorder — a set of traits defined by Austrian psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut as “including an exaggerated sense of superiority, a lack of self-awareness about the impact of their behaviour and having a disdain for others, who they devalue to validate their own grandiosity”. These people lack empathy, have a distorted sense of reality and are incapable of seeing anything from anyone else’s perspective. Narcissists like Zuma, Gumede argues, can’t accept responsibility and don’t care if they take down entire countries with them. The events at Nkandla, sadly for Zuma, only reinforced that perspective.

Rob Rose
Financial Mail
18 June 2008

What an unfortunate choice of words

Mcebisi Skwatsha, who is recovering after being knifed at a party meeting last week, told The Times yesterday that the ANC desperately needs to stop the back-stabbing within its ranks. Skwatsha, the ANC provincial secretary, was stabbed in the neck at a party meeting in Worcester last week.

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